Reportedly, Bishop took to Twitter and Facebook last Thursday in an effort to call out Poulter, making a comment that the golfer screamed like a girl. This and his insensitive gender-based remark quickly got the attention of the PGA that apparently took the comments so serious that Bishop was removed from his position having just one month in his tenure left.
Most people are shocked that Bishop would choose to engage Poulter in such a way and while some believe the Facebook and Twitter rants have to do with Poulter’s comments about Faldo, in reality Bishop has nothing to do with that situation.
Although a lot of people took issue with Poulter’s comments about Watson, the problem is that Bishop chose to take things public in an unfavorable way. Even though Bishop’s decision to choose Watson a second time as the US Ryder Cup captain became a very sensitive topic, he was actually hailed as being someone who could think outside the box.
A lot of people believe things began to unravel when Bishop took the stage with Watson on national television and dragged out the three other selections. His actions rubbed some people in the game the wrong way. In comparison, Bishop made some bold and positive moves such as supporting the recreational game by going against the R&A and USGA’s move to ban the anchored putting stroke.
There is no question that Bishop going after Poulter the way he did was wrong and that at no time should he ever have used a sexist term but removing him from his position as President with only a month left in his tenure to many feels just as wrong.
In fact, when questioned, many people close to the situation said Bishop’s dismissal was almost cruel, adding that it appeared the PGA organization was determined to make Bishop pay for his wrongdoings.
Bishop has a lot of supporters who are surprised at his ousting but they agree that he put himself in a bad position and his remarks on social media were out of line. Many people feel that a public apology would have sufficed.